Mobile Web Development – How Responsive Websites Perform

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A recent study has shown that most people across the globe are using their mobile phones to access the Internet and do a lot of online activities. Almost 50% of Internet users from Asia and Africa are mobile users in contrast to 25% in the US. Mobile users are those who not only use smartphones and no desktop Internet. We can keep aside tablets from mobile device as a recent survey has shown that tablets fall under desktop category. The bottom line is that people who are primarily using handsets to access the Internet can be regarded as smart people. Can’t we?

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Before a mobile device can transmit or receive data, it has to establish a radio channel with the network. This can take several seconds. The best part is, if there is no data transmitted or received, after a timeout the channel will go idle, which requires a new channel to be established. This can obviously wreak havoc on your web page load times.

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On a typical United States desktop using WiFi, a request’s average round trip takes 50 milliseconds. On a mobile network, it’s over 300 milliseconds. This is as slow as old dial-up connections. Additionally, even WiFi is slower on handsets, thanks to antenna length and output power. This means you really need to prioritize performance as you optimize your site’s design for mobile devices.

Responsive Website Design

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If you start to develop or design workflow by thinking about any mobile web development project then think responsive first. It is time to avoid desktop version to catch hold of most online traffic. Reason is quite obvious. We have already discussed about it. Mobile Internet users are increasing alarmingly. So, to make websites viewed well from both desktops and mobile devices we have to opt for responsive website design.

You can start with creating a budget and set up a plan. You have to set a time-frame and monitor your project. Think of all possible methods which will help you to meet your goals not only on time but before time. Then you will get some buffer time to review your mobile website development project and do necessary changes if required.

Implementation Of Your Mobile Website Development Ideas

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As you implement your responsive web design, you will make choices about your content’s size as it is displayed to the user. It may be fluid, it may be fixed and change at certain breakpoints, or you may choose to simply not load certain assets at certain screen sizes. This is why it is important to make sure you are only loading the assets you truly need for a user.

One approach to consider is conditional loading. You may have heard the term “RESS” popping up lately, which is using responsive web design combined with server side detection. This takes into account what kind of device the user is on—screen size, touch capabilities and loads only the content that is necessary for that user to see. A tool like Adaptive Images, for example, detects your visitor’s screen size and automatically creates, caches, and delivers device appropriate re-scaled versions of your web page’s embedded HTML images.

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There are many more interesting and innovative ideas in your mind. Yes! I am sure about it. So, if you want to share your views and ideas you can use this blog as a platform and share your thoughts on mobile web development. Thank you.

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